Tinnitus Seems to Be Somehow Linked to a Crucial Bodily Function, Studies Hint

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    1. Golly
      Bookworm

      Golly Member Benefactor

      Location:
      New York City
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2011
      Tinnitus and sleep have always been closely connected in my case. I do not experience tinnitus while I sleep. Moreover, sleep acts as a sort of switch, turning my head noise on or off for the entire day once I wake up. The following article suggests that researchers are looking into this interesting connection.

      Tinnitus Seems to Be Somehow Linked to a Crucial Bodily Function, Studies Hint

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    2. OptimusPrimed
      Spaced

      OptimusPrimed Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2007
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma - Repeated gun blasts
      I too do not experience tinnitus when I sleep. But I also don’t experience smells, sounds or consciousness lol.
       
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    3. KoolKat

      KoolKat Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      HeadPhones/ Noise induced
      So will this study turn into something (a treatment?) or were they just bored?
       
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    4. Samy

      Samy Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      When I’m “almost awake” I can hear the silence for some seconds, until my body realizes I woke up and the eeeee begins.
       
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    5. Harder Calm
      Frustrated

      Harder Calm Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress/TMJ
      Same here! And many others here have reported the same. Maybe there's something about it indeed...
       
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    6. ThomasF
      Creative

      ThomasF Member

      Location:
      Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      2001
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably loud music
      I had a super hard time getting to sleep before getting tinnitus. Now it's a ritual where I play white noise on my tablet which I sandwich between two pillows, a separate white noise generator elsewhere in the room on my dresser, then playing either downloaded music or NPR classical on my laptop resting beside me. The music is mostly to distract from the white noise while the white noise is to distract from the tinnitus. It's like an arms race.
       
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    7. BB1

      BB1 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      5/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I found this study interesting. I have not been able to sleep through the night since developing tinnitus. I wake up noticeably at least two times every night. No problems falling asleep, with white noise, but cannot stay asleep. I wonder how common that is for group members?
       
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    8. ThomasF
      Creative

      ThomasF Member

      Location:
      Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      2001
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably loud music
      My sleep situation is similar. Usually up at least once in the middle of the night, oftentimes twice. My set up essentially drowns my senses in sound. It takes getting used to.
       
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    9. Flowergirl
      Batty

      Flowergirl Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure / prob a virus
      I wonder if I'm the only member on here who takes some Ambien to knock myself out and sometimes a 1/2 Valium later.
       
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    10. MickeyAdams

      MickeyAdams Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      United States
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      That happens to me after a hot shower. :dunno:
       
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    11. MickeyAdams

      MickeyAdams Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      United States
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      It is very normal for me. I fall asleep and two hours later I jump in the bed with the sound in my head and it takes a bit until I fall asleep again and two hours later the same. Again and again until sunrise o_O :sleep: :banghead:
       
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    12. Flowergirl
      Batty

      Flowergirl Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure / prob a virus
      To dream. Such freedom. To be myself from "before". :rolleyes:
       
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    13. ThomasF
      Creative

      ThomasF Member

      Location:
      Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      2001
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably loud music
      One day, it will be so.
       
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    14. Kate

      Kate Member

      Location:
      Toronto
      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      guessing it may be from an antiinflammatory drug I took for
      I laughed out loud at Thomas's sleep process, so thank you for that. Mine is similar - Mozart on my tablet to a bluetooth speaker, fan on, air conditioner (got a window one last year and everyone says they're so loud, but the "wall of sound" it creates works for me), and in really bad times, an ear bud from my phone playing my Hush Tinnitus masker noise. When I wake up during night, as I always do, I play youtube audio talks to help get back to sleep. Needless to say, there's no one else in the room.
       
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    15. karsten

      karsten Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Massive earwax plug left unremoved for too long.
      This is exactly my situation. But worse. I feel sleepy, but each time I feel myself nearly falling asleep, my body "jolts" me awake, as if in unconscious fear of a tinnitus spike.

      And sure enough, when I do fall asleep, I do wake up with a massive tinnitus spike.

      Last night, that happened after just one hour of sleep; not even two.

      Then I couldn't fall asleep again till 4 AM.

      The worst part is, my COVID-19 vaccine tinnitus is very reactive, so any sound I use to mask it out also causes it to spike.

      But I do need to drown it out, or else it keeps me awake.

      At any rate, I think that the study of sleep and its effect on tinnitus is long overdue.

      Sleep indisputably affects tinnitus, at times spiking it (sometimes for a little while, sometimes for the rest of the night and then the following day), and sometimes quieting it down.

      I would add, if I may, that I think many of us have had this situation (some of us regularly -- indeed almost nightly):
      1. One goes to bed with reasonable tinnitus, expecting a decent night's sleep, for a change.
      2. BAM. Just an hour or two later (maybe even less), one wakes up with screaming tinnitus.
      3. Sometimes this ultra-loud spike tapers off after 10-20 minutes. But sometimes it doesn't, and you're stuck with loudness that persists the next day.
      The only thing that changes in the above scenario is falling asleep for that short period of time.

      So clearly sleep has a profound effect on tinnitus. (Sleep can also tone down tinnitus. Sleep seems to be a bona fide tinnitus "reset," sometimes for better, sometimes for worse.)

      What is the cause of this? Is it somehow tied to adenosine?

      I doubt it's melatonin. If it were, then anyone could diminish their tinnitus by taking melatonin supplements.

      So... what mechanical/chemical reaction in the head occurs when one falls asleep, which could affect tinnitus so much?

      I'd like to hope that this study will find out.

      Has any research looked into this question so far? Have there been any findings?
       
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    16. Sugar_Boy
      Balanced

      Sugar_Boy Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03-12-2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      neurasthenia
      That's right. I've also wondered why I can't hear ringing in my ears during sleep.
       
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    17. DimLeb

      DimLeb Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Idiopathic Cochleopathy or Maybe Loud Music
      There is certainly something happening with tinnitus and sleep. I don't know if it's sleep itself, or the placement of the head/neck on the bed, or lying down for so many hours. But here's my observations:

      Night's sleep for me is sort of like a reset button. I generally have mild (but multitonal) tinnitus, but it has some bad days when it becomes mild to moderate as the hissing/cicadas sound in my left ear expands to the whole head and in noticeable volume/consistency.

      So, if it is a bad day, I kinda know that when I wake up the next morning, it will be a good day and things will be nice and quiet. If it is a good day, there's a chance the next morning it may start increasing to the mild to moderate bad day stuff. Thankfully good days are more in comparison.

      Sometimes when I wake up in the middle of the night, I get a way more piercing high pitched tone that kinda replaces the others. Still mild, but it's mostly the texture that is piercing. And that is gone when I fall back to sleep and wake up the next morning.

      Also, all my tones have a tendency to get a bit worse as the day goes forward until night's sleep which is the reset.
       
    18. InNeedOfHelp

      InNeedOfHelp Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      MRI Scan
      Melatonin has proven to lessen tinnitus symptoms significantly in a placebo controlled blinded study.
       
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    19. Gb3

      Gb3 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sshl
      Source?
       
    20. InNeedOfHelp

      InNeedOfHelp Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      MRI Scan
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    21. karsten

      karsten Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Massive earwax plug left unremoved for too long.
      Indeed. I started taking melatonin a few nights ago -- not for tinnitus volume per se, but because my spiked tinnitus had completely destroyed my sleep schedule -- to the point that I was lucky if I could even get three hours of sleep per night.

      (I took NeoCitran Night for a few evenings, but its sleep-inducing effects diminished with every day of use, and by the fourth or fifth night, it wasn't doing anything for my any more.)

      But the melatonin (5mg, time release) seems to be helping me to get some 5-6 hours of sleep per night. Plus, its sleep-inducing effects don't seem to be diminishing with successive usages.

      And so far, as an added bonus, my tinnitus volume does seem to have lowered.

      Whether that's due to the melatonin itself or to the increased sleep that the melatonin has generated, I have no idea. But either way, it seems to be helping in a twofold manner.

      So far.
       
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    22. arctic_penguin

      arctic_penguin Member

      Location:
      California
      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Music
      Same for me, I have a few seconds of silence until system boots up lol.
       
    23. AxEars

      AxEars Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I took Melatonin on day 8 post-onset. My tinnitus started calming down. I thought it was getting better. Weened myself off. Tinnitus got worse and I got stressed so it got worse. I took 10 mg time release Melatonin last night. I had an insane spike during a thunderstorm. I got 7 hours of sleep and dreamt and I’m at a level 1 (possibly lower) right now. Been awake for an hour. Will continue this for a full month and report back
       
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